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You say you want a publishing revolution

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open access, transformative change, library publishing, scholarly publishing, institutional repositories

Abstract (summary)

The open access movement began alongside the wide scale adoption of the Internet in the 1990s, and it has continued to gain momentum through the efforts of research organization and university advocates aiming to make peer-reviewed research freely available to anyone who needs it. Still, the vast majority of academic journal literature remains locked behind paywalls and is only accessible through expensive subscriptions most often paid for by academic libraries. This paper investigates the extent to which a growing number of academic libraries offering not-for-profit open access publishing services can impact systemic, transformative changes to a largely commercial, for-profit publishing industry. Through establishing and maintaining publishing services—including open access journal hosting and institutional repositories—I argue that academic libraries in Canada and beyond can reposition and empower themselves as not only subscribers and lenders of online scholarly resources, but also as producers of the information their users need. However, I argue further that this can only be accomplished through careful consideration and implementation of sustainable, cost-efficient allocation of resources.

Publication Information

Hall, R. (2014). You say you want a publishing revolution. Progressive Librarian, 43, 35-46. Retrieved from



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Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)